M.A.: Simon Fraser University (2008)
B.A.: University of British Columbia (2005)
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Collard
Research Areas: Human Osteology; Osteoarchaeology, Mortuary Archaeology, Paleopathology; Forensic Anthropology; Forensic Archaeology.
I am fascinated by all aspects of human anatomy, variation and evolution. I am particularly interested in questions relating to the identification of human remains from skeletal material, including the creation of biological profiles, the recognition of skeletal pathologies and the analysis of traumata. As a result, my research interests range from paleontology and archaeology to forensics. I am also very interested in the application of medical technologies (like CT, MRI) to questions in biological anthropology.
Ph.D. /M.A. Research:
My PhD research will use three-dimensional whole-body computed-tomography scans to reassess the methods used by biological anthropologists to estimate body mass from skeletal material.
In addition to my research pursuits, I am a member of the Human Evolutionary Studies Program at SFU. This interdisciplinary group provides training and support for research that uses evolutionary theory to approach biological, ecological and behavioural questions about our species. I have also conducted forensic casework for the BC Coroners Service through SFU’s Centre for Forensic Research and continue to assist the BCCS with a comprehensive database project. I also recently spent a month as a Visiting Scientist with the Forensic Anthropology section of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York. Outside academia, I am interested in Mass Fatality Management and Disaster Victim Identification issues, on both a national and international level.
Journal papers and book chapters:
2009 (Elliott, M. and M. Collard) Fordisc and the determination of ancestry from cranial measurements. Biology Letters. 5(6):849-52.
2012 - submitted (Elliott, M. and M. Collard). Head to Head: Cranid vs Fordisc in the determination of ancestry. [Poster presentation]. 80th annual meeting of the American Association for Physical Anthropology. Portland, OR.
2011 (Elliott, M and M. Collard). How useful are FORDISC and CRANID for ancestry determination?. [Podium presentation]. 2nd annual scientific conference of the British Association for Human Identification. Manchester, UK.
2009 (Elliott, M. and M. Collard). Fordisc and ancestry determination: further findings. [Poster presentation]. 37th annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology. Vancouver, BC.
2009 (Elliott M. and M. Collard). Fordisc and the determination of ancestry from craniometric data. [Poster presentation]. 78th annual meeting of the American Association for Physical Anthropology. Chicago, IL.